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Police arrest Southern Pines shooting suspect who left hospital

Posted April 8, 2013
Updated April 9, 2013

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— Southern Pines police on Monday arrested a 21-year-old shooting suspect who walked away from UNC Hospitals Saturday morning. 

Larry Alexander Leverette is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, felony possession of cocaine and felony probation violation. 

Police say Leverette was wanted on outstanding arrest warrants from another county when he was injured in a shootout with another man Friday afternoon outside Brookside Park Apartments on Richards Street. 

Police pointed fingers at the hospital Monday for not keeping Leverette there after being told about the outstanding warrants against him.

At the time, however, Leverette had not been charged in the shooting and was considered the victim.  

The hospital said the warrants were never verified, which is the procedure that allows UNC Hospitals Police to watch a patient and keep him from leaving. They added that Leverette was never under arrest when he was at the hospital and that police never asked for him to be detained. Sky 5 Southern Pines shooting Southern Pines shooting suspect arrested after leaving hospital

Leverette was shot three times in the torso and once in his left bicep, and the hospital said he left "before being officially discharged from treatment and against medical advice."

Leverette was in the Moore County jail Tuesday under a $1,050,000 secured bond. 


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  • mittnfriends Apr 9, 2013

    rargos, yea, you tell ole' O! Who needs laws if people are going to break them? I mean, gosh, like why can't a 60 year old priest have sexual intercourse with a 7 year old altar boy? I mean, statutory rape laws would have stopped those priests' genitals from touching those little boys' mouths, right? right?

    JEB '16 - NO LAWS EVER... because they don't prevent all wrong-doing!

  • carolinagal78 Apr 9, 2013

    Ignotus~ No not all can arrest. However, it is still their responsibility to work w/local leo. If they were notified of the warrant they should have kept a closer eye on him. They let a criminal out of their facility. All they had to do was call the local police so an arrest could have been made. I don't feel like it was the local police passing the buck. I think the hospital police dropped the ball on this one. That's just my opinion though.

  • 68_dodge_polara Apr 9, 2013

    In North Carolina private Entities such as colleges can form their own police department and can write speeding tickets and arrest within their defined jurisdiction. For example Durham gave the Duke university permission to police 9th street because of students being victims of violent crimes and Durham having their hands full with other areas. Now one can be arrested for breaking the law on 9th street, a public street, by a Duke police officer, an officer of a private police. This is actually not a bad thing in this case as one couldn't walk along 9th street if it wasn't for Duke's presence.

  • Rebelyell55 Apr 9, 2013

    Glad they got him and his girl friend too.

  • Holy Carp. Apr 9, 2013

    Shot 3 times....Either he ends up dying from infection or he turns up at another hospital.

  • Whiskey4one Apr 9, 2013

    I wonder who is paying for this fine upstanding citizen's medical care.

  • Ignotus Apr 9, 2013

    @carolinagal78...Peace Officers and LEOs can go through the same training, but how they work and interact with civilians can widely be different. So just because they went to BLET doesn't mean they have the exact same policing authority. It also depends on what hospital policy is as well. Last I checked hospitals don't get authority to deputize people.

  • nycdetective Apr 9, 2013

    Thanks to the officers who put this issue to rest.

  • 68_dodge_polara Apr 9, 2013

    UNC police are actual law enforcement officers however, this person was not wanted by UNC. I know us arm chair quarterbacks enjoy thinking that we know everything but this situation seems to have it's share of complexities.

  • carolinagal78 Apr 9, 2013

    Actually hospital police are law enforcement officers. They go through the same BLET training and are certified just like regular police officers. I work at a hospital and our hospital police even carry guns. It is hospital police's responsibility to keep hospital patients and employees safe, as well as to work w/the local police.